The fifth resolution at the Special convention yesterday did not pass. It was tabled so that the diocese could issue a fuller, better prepared statement at our next Convention in March 2010. While I agreed that a fuller statement was necessary I think it was a mistake to table it – and I voted that way yesterday.
It was a mistake, I think, because of THIS. Of course, people like this will always be attacking the Diocese ignorantly and from a distance , without being informed or even seeking to be informed. Also, his agenda is not a Christian one in the biblical, orthodox, historic way. But still, by NOT passing resolution 5, in the form of the 2nd proposed amendment, it left the diocese open to even more accusations of unfounded bigotry. The resolution (not in its amended form) is below.
Whereas the Diocese of South Carolina recognizes we have all been created in God‟s image and
are precious in his sight, and
Whereas we acknowledge we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and stand
equally in need of his mercy and grace, we thankfully and humbly,
Resolve that this Diocese will not condone prejudice or deny the dignity of any person, including
but not limited to, those who believe themselves to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or
transgendered. Nevertheless, we will speak the truth in love as Holy Scripture
commends for the amendment of life required of disciples of Christ. It is love of
neighbor and the abiding concern for their spiritual well being that compels such honesty
and will never allow us to remain silent.